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My cat ingested a piece of a corn plant Friday she threw 2…

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My cat ingested a piece of a corn plant Friday she threw 2 pieces up today, do I need to bring her into a Vet today ?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your cat will be able to digest that. What is your cat's name and age?

Sassy - she will be 6 - 5/5/2018

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She is acting normal, when I call her she comes, she is sleeping now but that's normal

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The corn plant is considered toxic to cats and dogs. You can learn more here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/corn-plant I would strongly suggest you remove it from your household to prevent further ingestions. Ideally, since this is toxic, your companion should be examined and treated by a veterinarian today.

Failing this, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian. If you need help finding a location that can see your pet (even just to keep on hand), I can help. I’ll need you to provide your location as the website does not give us this.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
My cat only threw up once, she is not throwing up anymore,is it still necessary to give her the medicine

How long ago did she vomit?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
about 10:45 am

Yes, I would go forward with giving the famotidine for good measure. It should make her feel better and, also, prevent further vomiting in the near future. If not, though, a veterinary visit is indicated.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Can she die from this

Typically ingestion of the corn plant results in symptoms like lethargy and vomiting. If this is addressed effectively and promptly, she should not die. However, if symptoms were to persist and severe dehydration were to occur, it's feasible that organ damage or failure could also occur and death could ensue. I would expect this to be an unlikely situation given the circumstances and history you've shared.

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